Youngville campground

Mount Royal National Park

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Overview

Camp at Youngville campground to access the World Heritage rainforests of Mount Royal National Park over a few days. Follow walking tracks and 4WD routes from here.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Price

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Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.
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Explore Mount Royal at your leisure by camping at Youngville campground. Start off with a barbecue breakfast then hike a different walking track into this World Heritage area each day with a picnic lunch packed to enjoy at a scenic lookout on Pieries Peak or down at Carrow Brook.

To give your legs a break one day, tour the rainforest-lined Mount Royal Road by 4WD, keeping an eye out for remnants of the area’s pastoral history.

Staying overnight at Youngville campground gives you the chance to see some of the park’s many nocturnal birds and animals. So bring along your head torch and have a walk around your campsite after dinner to spot bandicoots, possums and gliders. Though the powerful, sooty, masked and barking owls – all proficient hunters – will probably see you before you see them. Look out at dusk and dawn for grazing pademelons and the threatened parma wallaby.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/youngville-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Youngville campground.

Getting there and parking

Youngville campground is in the centre of Mount Royal National Park. To get there:

  • Continue along Mount Royal Road until you reach the campground

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Youngville campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Youngville campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Royal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

This is the best time of year to tackle the hike to Pieries Peak for spectacular scenic views of the area.

Summer

Enjoy a shady barbecue at Youngville picnic area.

Winter

Orchids are in flower at this time of year, so take a walk to Carrow Brook to enjoy them.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

42.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

-1.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

146mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Generators

Generators are not permitted in this campground.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Aberdeen (6 km)

Aberdeen appeals to a variety of tastes. Wine appreciators can enjoy wine tasting in local wineries. Or pack your fishing rod, hitch a boat on the back of your car and spend a day fishing on Lake Glenbawn or Lake St Clair. Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, about 40 km from Aberdeen, is also well worth a visit.

www.visitnsw.com

Muswellbrook (39 km)

Muswellbrook is a vibrant country town surrounded by vineyards and horse studs. It straddles the Hunter River in the fertile wine-growing region of the Upper Hunter. Enjoy the local produce while you take in the natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

www.visitnsw.com

Singleton (3 km)

Just north of Singleton, at the foot of the Mount Royal Range, Lake St Clair makes a great nature lover's playground. Whether it's swimming, sailing, waterskiing, camping, fishing or picnicking you're after, you'll find it here.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Youngville campground is in Mount Royal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

An important cultural place

Views across the valley in Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

The area now covered by Mount Royal National Park, Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area is the traditional land of the Biripi, Worimi, Geawegal, Wonaruah and Ungooroo People. Although these people were dispossessed of their land after European settlement of New South Wales, they continue to have a deep attachment to the country and an active interest in its management. This place contains important foods, medicinal plants, animal species and sacred sites.

Safe haven

Pieries Peak walking track, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

The rich diversity of vegetation offers habitat for a wide range of birds and animals, many of which are rare and threatened. These include: the endangered hastings river mouse; the threatened parma wallaby (described by British naturalist John Gould way back in 1840 as 'shy' and 'cryptic'; and the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll, which is the largest marsupial carnivore on mainland Australia. The old growth forest is also habitat for four large forest owls - masked, barking, powerful and sooty - all of which are threatened species. Mount Royal National Park has a variety of forest types and vegetation communities, ranging from shrubland to tall open forest and wet eucalypt forest. The most dominant form of vegetation is mid-altitude grassy forest with plentiful stands of New England blackbutt, Sydney blue gum and grey gum.

Same as always

Pieries Peak walking track, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

Mount Royal National Park is listed as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, these include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforests and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals that remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in fossil records.

The changing face

Views from Pieries Peak, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis

After government surveyors explored this area in the very early 1800s, the land soon became mined for gold, logged for its timber and used to graze lifestock. Small settlements established themselves on the plateau, mainly due to these agricultural opportunities. From the early 1900s, however, the area became increasingly popular for recreation and for scientific expeditions.

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Pieries Peak walking track, Mount Royal National Park. Photo: Susan Davis.